Freedom Route traces PMB’s struggle heroes

2008-09-25 00:00

A Freedom Route that will take locals and visitors on a trip to discover how world-renowned freedom fighters are connected to Pietermaritzburg was launched at the city hall yesterday.

The route will link areas of the city with the histories of struggle icons such as Mahatma Gandhi, Chief Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela, Alan Paton and Langalibalele Dube.

These areas include the Pietermaritzburg railway station, where Gandhi was thrown off a train and rose to fight the injustices of apartheid, and the Manye Hall in Imbali, where Mandela made his last speech before being arrested near Howick in 1962.

The famous red brick city hall will not be left out as it is one of the few places in the world where both Gandhi and Mandela have delivered speeches.

Arts, Culture and Tourism MEC Weziwe Thusi said the Freedom Route will honour the memories of some of the country’s struggle heroes, and will be an educational tool for future generations to learn about history.

She said that as an addition to KZN’s rich history, the route links two important cities, Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

The route will also feature townships, she said, which are an important part of history. “I urge members of communities to be involved and benefit from this route. We do not want entrepreneurs to be the only ones who benefit … ” said Thusi.

Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo said that although the route has the potential to boost tourism, locals should embark on the route and learn more about their city.

thandom@witness.co.za

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